Breaking Down: Avs/Coyotes, Game #22

The Avs finished off their road trip throught the Southern tier of the Pacific Division with a 4-1 win over the Coyotes and regulation wins over all 3 teams. They’ve got points in 6 straight after 5 losses in a row. On the day of a divisional sludge game vs Dallas they’re in 3rd place in the Central.

Projectile Lineup

JT Compher rejoined the lineup after missing 16 games with a head injury, Sven took a seat for him. Marko Dano was reclaimed by the Jets so good-bye and good luck. Grubi started in the front end of this weekend’s back to back.

Scratch: Sven, Bourque, Barbs
Injured: none!

Team Stats

Last night was very back-and-forth but the score effects started extremely early when JT Compher scored two shorties midway through the first followed immediately by a Mikko snipe. The Avs had a couple good runs at the ends of the 2nd & 3rd to preserve the status quo and controlled the game well all night.

Tale of the tape was +58/-51 at 5v5 and score effects push that into the 60%+ range. Shots on goal in all situations ended up even at 39-38 Avs. We’re starting to see the quality production ramp up like it did in the 2nd half last year, high danger chances were +13/-7. Game pace was ridiculously fast at over 143 Corsi events per hour at 5v5.

Power play had an off night at 1-5 but that’s against the league’s top PK so not bad overall. The PK went 2-3 but had 2 shorties so that’s a big win.


Top 6 forwards 5v5 were Mikko, Nate and Gabe as usual then Jost, Kerf and Dries. In all situations  it was the top line then Carl, Kerf and Wilson. Matt Nieto was low man overall at 12:34 but Kam and Dries were essentially the same. Matt Calvert’s TOI has thankfully dropped to somewhat reasonable levels and he was the only forward with no PP time. The top line got very light usage and that unlocked opportunities for the bottom 9 guys, when everyone plays more than 12 and a half minutes you know you’re cruisin’.

The defensive regime went Cole, Barrie, EJ, Z, Sam, Nemo at 5v5 and Barrie, Cole, EJ, Nemo, Sam, Z in all situations. Again, everyone within 3 minutes of each other indicates a smooth night.


It’s fun waking up to Mikko’s smiling face every morning, isn’t it? Mikko and Gabe (on his birthday!) had a goal and assist each and Mack had 2 assists to move into the NHL top 10. Landy and Mack are tied for 5th in goals with 14. Mikko leads the league with 27 assists. Gabe leads the league in plusminus if you’re into that.

– It didn’t take long for Jimothy Timothy Compher to make his presence back in the lineup felt. He scored two goals 85 seconds apart on the same penalty kill early in the first period and now has 5G/1A in 6 games this season. The staff eased him into the game but his TOI kept increasing and he finished off the game along with Kamenev/Nieto on a strong minute+ shift.

– Tyson Barrie’s point streak is up to 7 now and 11 of the last 12. Since getting 3 assists vs Ottawa on October 26th he has 15 points after 5 in the first 10 games. That’s hot. He’s tied for 5th in defenseman scoring and he’s not relying on the PP to do it. He’s 4th in 5v5 points with 12 too.

– This was Grubi’s best game since Carolina and just one blemish on the scoresheet late in garbage time kept him from the shutout.

Burgundy Narrative Metric

– “Best guys being your best guys” gets a (+) and they didn’t even try hard
Quality vs Quantity gets a (+) a boatload of quantity and good quality too
– Power Play Watchability gets a (+) it was decent I guess
The Dreaded Turtle gets a (+) they actually had a couple anti-turtles!
Starting Goalie Battle% gets a (+) Grubi with a solid night
Referee Oppression Index gets a (+) Did an ok job managing the game until the 3rd. Kinda got away from them there but the pace was furious all night so not an easy job.

Total: +5¾

Next up

Divisional sludge game vs the Stars tonight.


Thanks as always to the NHL and Natural Stat Trick for numbers and visuals


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